Norway's Bjoergen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian ever

American women's cross-country team wins first-ever medal

Norway's Bjoergen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian ever
Norway's Marit Bjorgen (pictured after winning the women's 4x5km earlier in the Games) became the most decorated Winter Olympian ever, winning her 14th medal, a bronze, in the women's team sprint free Wednesday in South Korea. © Christok Stache/AFP/Getty Images

By Steve Reed, Associated Press

Marit Bjoergen made Olympic history and the United States women's cross-country team won its first medal ever — and it was gold.

Bjoergen won her 14th medal at the Winter Games by taking bronze with her Norwegian teammates on Wednesday in the team sprint free, making her the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, breaking the tie she held with Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.

Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall led the way as the American women pulled off a huge upset in the same race. The only other American to win a medal in cross-country skiing was Bill Koch, who took silver in the 30-kilometre race at the 1976 Innsbruck Games.

The Americans posted the fastest time in the semifinals and started on the front row in the final. Diggins passed the Swedes and the Norwegians on the final lap to win the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in the sport. Sweden took silver.

The 37-year-old Bjoergen has won four medals at the Pyeongchang Games. She took gold in the women's 4x5km relay, silver in the 15 km skiathlon and bronze in the 10 km freestyle. She still has one event remaining — the 30 km mass start on Sunday — if she chooses to participate.

Klaebo wins 3rd gold in his Olympic debut

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Martin Johnsrud won the men's team sprint, giving Norway a 13th medal in cross-country events at Pyeongchang.

A team of Russians took silver and France edged out Sweden for third.

It was the third gold medal for Klaebo, equaling French biathlete Martin Fourcade for the most golds so far at Pyeongchang.

The 21-year Klaebo became the fourth male athlete to win three gold medals at the Winter Games before turning 22, joining American speed skater Eric Heiden, Austrian Alpine skier Toni Sailer and South Korean short-track speed skater Ano Victor.